Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Mini Mago Inc.

Miniatures by Mini Mago Inc.

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How did you first get started in miniatures?

10846505_836911216372252_7584785910837137171_nI have always loved mini little things. Even though I had no idea what they were called or that the miniature world was so big, I loved them.  I used to collect minis whenever I traveled and good miniatures don’t come cheap, so tried my hand at making my own minis. It turns out I have the flair for it and I enjoy the creative challenge. That was roughly ten years ago. And so, I gave up my then profession of being a fashion designer and became a full-time miniaturist. I’ve been making minis professionally for about eight years. As for my skills and techniques, I have learnt much over the years and keep educating myself everyday through books and the Internet.

1012913_708100555919986_6564445444956183571_nWhat materials do you use to make your miniatures?

It all depends on what I am creating. I use mainly polymer clay for food items and most accessories. But it could be any number of materials depending on what I am creating. For example, if it’s drapes then it will be out of soft cotton fabric, or balsa wood for furniture, to name a few.

Advice for beginner artists?

Keep at it. Educate yourself. Ask question. Study objects you want to create. Have an open mind and a gigantic imagination.

11013260_925301094199930_8385644376690045818_nTool you can’t live without?

Tweezers, cutters, punchers, clay, and the Internet.

Favorite mini you have made yourself?

There are so many. Since I only make one of each, it’s hard to just pick one. They are like my children and mama loves them all!

What is the most memorable miniature you have ever seen?

Mr. Haga makes some really wonderful miniatures. 1471121_643195889077120_409852439_nAlso Henry Kupjack‘s miniatures always make my heart skip a beat. There are so many amazing artists out there who inspire me to be better at what I love everyday, and I’m very thankful for it!

Why miniatures? What appeals to you most about what you do?

It’s always been a fascination of mine. Ever since I was a child, I remember loving small spaces and little things. Miniatures take you to a whole new world, and when you get to create those worlds for yourself, it’s even more amazing. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Upcoming projects planned? 10930169_869011699828870_8932717193930819507_n

Loads of plans and projects in mind, but finding the time can be a challenge.

Other hobbies you enjoy?

Nature and travel photography is another passion of mine. Gardening and animal rescue are as well.

Trudee Mago of Mini Mago Inc. hails from Colombo, Sri Lanka. View more of her miniature creations on her website, Facebook, or Instagram.